There is a big storm coming, slow start this afternoon and then time to just be home.
I think we want to do too many things right now.
Have commercials that say guys shouldn’t just watch football on a Sunday, that they need to go to Home Depot for home improvement.
It’s not safe enough out there for children, so parents need to be chauffers for their kids.
It’s terrible to miss a little league game so parents move their schedules everywhere.
This isn’t safe, that’s not safe. It’s paranoia. There is a reason that FDR said “The only thing to fear, it fear itself.” Fear stops us from doing things. Fear of debt, fear of failure, fear of criminals, “stranger danger.”
So we have more cops, more prisons, lock your doors, protect your valuable, there is dangerous stuff out there.
And that can be true, I had my car broken into with tons of stuff for Rites of Spring when I lived in Harlem Heights. I was a naive kid who grew up in a rural/suburban area, where things were very safe. 151st and Broadway is not the place to leave anything in your car. Having things stolen is awful. My wife left an SLR in the car and the door was wide open. Maybe, we forgot, but it’s still terrible. But it’s mostly stuff.
South Park spoofed this in their 611 episode “Child Abduction is Not Funny,” they went to absurdity of the kids being only with Mongolians for all the dangers. And if you look at the statitics, there isn’t that much stranger danger:
Put it another way: The Department of Justice reports that of the 800,000 children reported “missing” in the United States each year, 115 are the result of “stereotypical kidnapping” — a stranger snatching the child. About 90 percent of abductees return home within 24 hours and the vast majority are teenage runaways.
So much work, so many lost opportunities to explore because of a very, very minor danger.
It used to be not long ago that school age kids would get a bike and freedom, running all over the place, doing their own thing, finding themselves.
Not the absurdities of helicopter parenting, where parents are there all the time. They even want to talk to employers for their kids. We need to let kids find their path, not the one you saw for them at 8. Everyone changes.
I guess I am just saying that if you believe things are safer, they become safer.
If you are paranoid all the time, you see things that aren’t there.
Be need to be excellent to each other. It’s getting insane, to the point of people like Doomsday Preppers.
What are your thoughts?